May 16th, 2008
10:18 AM ET
13 years ago

Obama to respond to Bush remarks

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Barack Obama expected to respond to Bush remarks later Friday."]
(CNN)–CNN has confirmed that Barack Obama will respond directly to President Bush’s apparent criticism of his foreign policy vision, which includes a willingness to consider dialogue with Iran and other nations hostile to the United States. The Illinois senator’s response will come at a campaign event later Friday in South Dakota.

The news was first revealed by senior Obama foreign policy adviser Susan Rice on NBC Friday morning.

In an address before the Israeli Knesset Thursday, President Bush compared leaders who advocated dialogue with nations like Iran to politicians who appeased Nazi aggression in the years leading up to the Second World War.

soundoff (211 Responses)
  1. Carl

    Thank you CNN for actually posting an anti-Obama comment...

    First off, a bunch of you need to get off your almighty high horse. You are no better than anyone else.

    Second, Bush and McCain are not Republicans. They may be members of the party, but their ideals are not Republican. They, infact, stand by DEMOCRATIC ideals of the first half of the 20th century...

    I know you Obama fanatics (because the online ones are) will resent that statement, but that's because you don't know facts from rhetoric.

    People like Barr and Ron Paul are true republicans... much like many democrats today are socialists in hiding. The truth is you can't lump people's views in two parties.... I'm a Ron Paul Republican, and I hate George Bush...

    We need a president that realizes keeping troops in any nation is absolutely wrong, and to realize we are no longer the lone superpower that must defend everyone else (korea, vietnam, kuwait, etc). Our nation needs to focus on our weakening dollar, exploring for oil, cut our huge FEDERAL government, and provide a free market for health care (our government runs half of health care now... you complain and now want the government to be more involved)...

    It's time to send all of our troops home from 130 countries...

    130 FREAKING COUNTRIES RIGHT NOW, and the cost to our taxes annually is 1 TRILLION DOLLARS...

    I mean please wake up and SHUT UP WITH CHANGE.... you have no idea what you are truly talking about right now....

    May 16, 2008 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  2. Chris S.

    Why is it that Obama is all over your news channel and Hillary Clinton seems to get so much less airtime? Clinton has addressed Bush, just as Obama has, however your news teams interpretation makes everything that happens or is said about Obama a much bigger story. Unfortunately, you have the power and are able to decide what stories you will run and pay the most attention to. It is such a shame that the democratic nominee has not been determined yet, I think CNN is certainly doing their obvious part in making their favorite candidate known.

    May 16, 2008 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  3. Kelly

    lilahenna- Please vote for Bush. Obama might can teach you how to spell. You and Bush have something in common.

    May 16, 2008 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  4. Jamaal Kansas

    Get him Barack Go at his Neck him and Mshame I am tired of these Lying Republicans and there fear tactics

    May 16, 2008 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  5. Lisa

    very smart lady May 16th, 2008 9:22 am ET

    Obama cant find his a– with both hands. I will not ever vote for the strange boy with a stupid grin on his face. I like my presidents with a little sophistication, not a grinning jack-a–. I know you wont print this, but so what?

    Please. You need to remove the very smart lady. This is ignorance and shows no regard for respect and not even honesty in hs comparison. We don't need another president who thinks and acts like this.

    May 16, 2008 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  6. OBAMA 08

    To very smart lady

    You are not smart. Not it all! I am so sorry for you but you are not smart.

    May 16, 2008 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  7. KSObserver

    very smart lady
    You misspelled the name, its spelled "B u s h" since that was obviously whom you were describing

    May 16, 2008 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  8. christian

    Caucus = Peer pressure Test!

    Ok, she can have her precious Florida votes (and even MI even though Barack's name was not even on the ballot) just as long as all the caucus VOTES get counted too. in that case, Obama is still in the lead handily. You cannot change the rules of the game in the 4th quarter unless you also count the raw votes in the caucus states (even the low-end of the "average number of voters per delegate" will do).

    May 16, 2008 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  9. Gerry

    I'm sure now that video confirming John McCain agrees with Obama's position on talking to Hamas is now hitting the media, the one guy not looking forward to Obama's response is John McCain.

    Drive a nail in his coffin Barack, show America what hypocrytes John McCain and GWBush really are.

    May 16, 2008 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  10. Truth

    Obama needs to stick to his vision outlined throughout this campaign. He should not back off dialogue with our enemies...He will win at the end since Bush/McSame policy failed...

    May 16, 2008 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  11. Enlightened Voter

    Hey Bubba – go git yur six pack out the tub, git your chew off the floor and go sit out on dat der porch and think up sommore brilliant stuff to say.

    May 16, 2008 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  12. Waiting for the teleprompter!

    So Obama has to wait until the teleprompters are all in place - again - before he can say something "substantive," like responding to Bush. But wait - he also needs to have six American flags placed behind him when he does that. Obama people, you've got yourselves one hell-of-a "green" candidate with absolutely NO substance. Congratulations!

    May 16, 2008 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  13. Ohiovoter

    Oh yeah, "Colie Brice" – You're right – Obama and Hillery are much more sophisticated. Hey, how about Jimmy Carter? haaaaa

    May 16, 2008 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  14. G. Rodriguez

    To An American in Canada for David = Stay there

    May 16, 2008 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  15. Chuck

    why is everyone so upset? obama attacks bush's foreign policy all the time. i'm no fan of bush, but come on, don't be such a baby! turn about's fair play.

    May 16, 2008 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  16. Ben B

    Obama "tough, direct presidential diplomacy with Iran without precondition" these are his words. Lets say he wins. He pulls the troops out of Iraq. He goes over to Iran and has his appeasment meeting. His next quote is "peace in our time" Iran invades Iraq... Obama says Iraq was not ready to defend itself it was the Iraquis fault for not preparing better when we were there to help." New terrorists networks form and then we see another attack on the US. You guys can call me a prophit when this happens IF Obama wins.

    May 16, 2008 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  17. Terri


    you have a shoirt memory..............

    Hillary tried to unite the party............Obama had nothing to do with it.
    I would not unite with Obama and his wife who now loves AMERICA.

    A DEM voting REPLUB in NOV

    May 16, 2008 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  18. kewt

    Better than the weeks we waited for him to explain the Rev. Wright. and took Michelle 3 or 4 days to say she didn't really mean what she said about the U.S.A. You libs are really a sick lot.

    May 16, 2008 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  19. Marc, Canada

    Barack Obama understands the world court of opinion. John McCain is lost without a teleprompter.

    A vote for John McCain, his temper and seemingly eagerness to continue meaningless wars and perhaps adding wars will likely necessitate the return of the DRAFT.

    May 16, 2008 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  20. joe







    May 16, 2008 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  21. Doug/Baltimore

    OK George and John McCain-Bush...senior administraion officials have supported talking to Iran, so I guess you should fire them. And let's look back in history. Hum, Nixon talks to "enemy" China...and restores relations. Reagan talks to "enemy" Russia...and restores relations. Bush talks to Qadafi/Libya...and restores relations. Numerous administrations have talked to the PLO in an effort to restore relations. The list goes on and on...presidents talking to "enemies" in an effort to create diplomacy. It is horrific that Bush made the statements he made...and that McCain-Bush is supporting it. Time for a new way in Washington! Go Obama!

    May 16, 2008 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  22. Moses

    How can yopu trust the Presidency to Obama when there is a clip on youtube showing his ignorance of many States are in the union. He is shown to say 57 states! Unbelievable.

    Obama is a lot of hot air. NO substance.

    Moreover, his advisor Suzan Rice said not so long ago that Obama is not ready to answer the 3am call! Is that revealing?


    May 16, 2008 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  23. George

    As long as the media keeps airing the speech Obama has no choice but to respond. Hit them where it hurts. Bush's message is tailored to appeal to the uneducated among us, therefore soundbites are oftentimes taken as facts.

    May 16, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  24. John Kay

    Dukakis said it all; that Obama is better prepared to handle the republican's kitchen sink tactics than he was during the eighties. After Obama's speech today, McCain will live to regret why president Bush made those comment.

    May 16, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  25. concern ga. voter

    this is another reason why bush will go down in history as the worst president ever.

    May 16, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
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